By the time you read this letter, the terminology I’m using may be out of date, but I’m sure the idea will remain the same.
In our society right now, kids a little older than you find themselves under intense online social pressure to present themselves and act in certain ways. The desire and pressure to generate followers and “likes” on their social media platforms is enormous.
I did not grow up with this level of scrutiny from my peers. We didn’t even have cell phones (I got my first cell phone in college), and I can only imagine this trend will continue to be an issue, if not become worse, for you and your friends.
Technology is an amazing, wonderful thing, but at the end of the day we are people with real lives outside of our online presence. Your most meaningful impacts on the world will take place offline, though the internet will likely be a useful tool to promote your causes.
Do not judge your self value based on the number of people who interact with you in a superficial way online. Base your self worth on the value you bring to the world and to others.
In business, in sales, in relationships, in everything you do, your value is determined by the effect you have on others, and in-person, real-world impact will always be more valuable than the reflection of you presented online.
Your value includes your online influence, but it is so much bigger than that offline and in person.
P.S. How does NASA organize a party? They planet!
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